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Harvey Levine

Harvey Levine

Tuesday, September 27th, 1938 Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

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Obituary for Harvey Levine

Harvey Ross Levine, a Scarsdale resident, died November 12, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born September 27, 1938 in Queens, NY to the late Samuel and Harriet Levine. On August 29, 1961 he married his wife Abby Gail in Queens, NY. Together they raised 2 sons, Matthew Levine of West Orange, NJ and Jonathan Levine of Brookly, NY.

Harvey Levine was the most dedicated of husbands, a nurturing father; and one of the most respected people in his profession. He lived each day with great patience and good humor; always looking for an opportunity to teach a life lesson or provide guidance to anyone that asked. Harvey spent his free time with his wife Abby puttering fn the garden on weekends, antiquing and reading countless books about American history and sea travel.

Business was one of Harveys passions. In 1973 he founded Levine Contract Furniture by representing two manufacturers. Over the next 45 years he created a nationally recognized Representative Firm and fostered long term relationships with clients, business partners and most importantly, his employees. His favored phrase was "they're liars till they're buyers", always cautioning less experienced associate not to get too complacent.

Harvey made sure to spend lots of time with his two sons, Jonathan and Matthew. He was at all times: basketball coach, swim instructor, tennis chaufer, reptile wrangler, vacation planner, Troop leader, chaperone to amazing cultural events and sea captain. To his children he could do no wrong but upon reflection, he was not a good sea captain.

One of the family adventures was a vacation to Canada where his friend encouraged him to take one of his houseboats out on the lake for a few days. Harvey, not knowing any better never gave it a second thought. "This boat is just like a car" he said to himself. He soon discovered that cars don't drift like 30' pontoon boats; so did the other boats on the lake...and in the lochs...and at the dock. The children had no idea their lives were in peril and they wondered often why their mother looked so frightened that week. So, Harvey stuck to reading about boats thereafter.

When is came to Abby, Harvey had tunnel vision. His love was pure and his devotion blinding. They met through friends and found a match. With Abby's eye on design and Harvey's on jazz and business they courted, married in 1961, and shared a romance through thick and thin. He was enchanted over Abby and they danced every chance they got for 48 years whether music was playing or not.

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    Sharon Gardens Cemetery (Jewish Faith)
    273 Lakeview Ave
    Valhalla, NY
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Mike Murphy

Harvey was one of the nicest people I ever encountered in our Industry. His smile when I would just show up unannounced in his office always made my day. I will miss him and so sorry for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 07:10am via Condolence
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Julie Dillon ESI

We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Julie Dillon

Harvey was an incredible kind and considerate human being. Very blessed to have know him. I will miss his smile. Julie Dillon
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Rosana Stewart

My Sincere Condolences to Mat, Levine Family and to all The Levine-Calvano Group. Harvey was a kind Educated, Lovely, Intellengent Man that always welcome you with warm thoughts and a special smile in his face. You will be missed R.I.P Harvey.
Rosana Stewart
Court Street Office Furniture
Comment | Posted at 10:39am via Condolence
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Rosana Stewart

My Sincere Condolences to Mat, Levine Family and to all The Levine-Calvano Group. Harvey was a kind Educated, Lovely, Intellengent Man that always welcome you with warm thoughts and a special smile in his face. You will be missed R.I.P Harvey.
Rosana Stewart
Court Street Office Furniture
Comment | Posted at 10:39am via Condolence
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